Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused ★★★★

Richard Linklater aimed to capture the high-school life spirit of the 70s in a mere 103 minutes-long movie devoid of a real plot that represents a single day to introduce us to many characters, and gradually developing them via consequences and repercussions they have with other characters while making us invested in all these characters, and care about some particular characters, especially one character which is the protagonist.

Did he succeed?
Hell yeah! But he also excelled at every single unpredictable level. And the fact that this movie is one of the most quotable movies of all time is more than a enough to prove that. For If this means anything, it would be that Richard Linklater perfected the balance of making a lifelike film that has plenty of lines that are far from being real-life, yet don't feel but so.

Alas, the movie may be overstayed its welcome before twenty minutes from its end. Also, the denouement suffers from a couple of coming-of-age movies clichés. That being said, these flaws don't lower even a little bit from the magical experience I had watching this unexampled cinematic gem that had my eyes glued to the screen from start to finish. And how can I forget the impeccable soundtrack that's, without any exaggeration, one of the best soundtracks ever put on film.

Dazed and Confused is the definition of a slice-of-life film!


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